Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Apr 2009 22:32 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu According to Canonical head honcho Mark Shuttleworth, Windows 7 presents the ideal opportunity for Linux to gain significant inroads into the desktop market. He said so in an interview with InternetNews. While I certainly do hope so, an eerie sense of deja vu creeps up on me: isn't this like the 923298th opportunity where Linux is supposed to make inroads into the desktop market?
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RE: It's Not Your Memory Thom
by bert64 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 08:37 UTC in reply to "It's Not Your Memory Thom"
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"He said so in an interview with InternetNews. While I certainly do hope so, an eerie sense of deja vu creeps up on me: isn't this like the 923298th opportunity where Linux is supposed to make inroads into the desktop market?

Indeed, you're correct. We've had these predictions by lots of people for the best part of ten years now and bugger all has happened.

Mark seems to be great at telling us all that there are opportunities, but he's not so great at telling us what those opportunities are and how they can be exploited. He just seems to be completely out of ideas now.
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Plenty has happened, but the inroads are being made slowly... Linux usage and availability to the general public is gradually increasing and usability is improving. What you have to consider is that this is not a level playing field, it is a steep uphill battle against vendor lock-in. When competing against commercial unixes the field is far more level and Linux has done extremely well. In the most level field of all, commercial unix on x86 hardware, linux pretty much killed BSDi and SCO...

The only advantage Windows has right now is inertia couple with incompatibility. If it was possible to run 100% of Windows programs on Linux and open 100% of data files without any incompatibilities then Linux would be growing very rapidly indeed.

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